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2014: Obama’s America
Victor Davis Hanson ^ | July 17, 2014 | Victor Davis Hansen

Posted on 07/19/2014 11:05:58 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued

The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart. Let’s take a tour of the disasters.

Germany in 2008 enthusiastically hosted candidate Barack Obama for his so-called Victory Column speech. Now, Germans suddenly sound as if they are near-enemies of the U.S. Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly was furious that her cell phone was tapped by American intelligence agents. She just kicked the top CIA official out of Germany, further enraged that the U.S. had recruited at least one German official to provide intelligence on the German government. Polls show that Germans find Vladimir Putin’s Russian tyranny to be almost as popular as Barack Obama’s America.

Japan is becoming similarly frustrated with the U.S. It is rearming like crazy to confront an aggressive China. Both Asian powers apparently assume that Obama won’t guarantee the security of the Japanese as America has in the past.

The Middle East is dissolving. Taking U.S. peacekeepers out of Iraq proved a disaster. The radical jihadists of ISIS are overrunning Syria and Iraq, as they extend their destruction even to the mute stones of religious sanctuaries.

War looms between Israel and the Palestinians as they exchange rockets and bombs. Older Americans had an idea of what Afghanistan will look like by 2016 after Obama announced a pullout of all U.S. troops. They remember Saigon of 1975 all too well.

Crimea has become a Russian satellite. The fate of the Ukraine hangs in the balance. In between his conquests, Russia’s Putin openly ridicules the impotence of the U.S. He is often called to the Middle East on the perception that he can address problems that America runs away from.

(Excerpt) Read more at victorhanson.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: bho44; vdh; victordavishanson

1 posted on 07/19/2014 11:05:58 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: Clintonfatigued

BUMP for later. Love VDH! Thanks.


2 posted on 07/19/2014 11:06:37 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; GOPsterinMA; randita; Sun; LdSentinal; ExTexasRedhead; ...

It’ 1979 all over again.


3 posted on 07/19/2014 11:06:49 AM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Or perhaps early 1914.


4 posted on 07/19/2014 11:09:34 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Y’all left out the mess they created in Libya. Egypt. Sudan. Nigeria/North Africa/Boko Haram etc


5 posted on 07/19/2014 11:11:04 AM PDT by Pikachu_Dad (Impeach Sen Quinn)
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To: Clintonfatigued

YEP.


6 posted on 07/19/2014 11:11:19 AM PDT by uncitizen (Buckle up! We're on the Facism Fast Track!)
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To: DuncanWaring

I’d say 1940. Maybe even 1941.

And this next round will make WWII look like a walk in the park. God himself will have to step in before it is over. (See Revelations.)


7 posted on 07/19/2014 11:13:42 AM PDT by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: piytar

You’re right. We haven’t seen anything yet.


8 posted on 07/19/2014 11:17:11 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Some day, historians will count how many
millions were killed, infected, and betrayed
by Obama-the-Undocumented from Indonesia
and his complicit, EXEMPT Congress.


9 posted on 07/19/2014 11:17:38 AM PDT by Diogenesis (The EXEMPT Congress is complicit in the absence of impeachment)
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To: Clintonfatigued

There is a concept in financial services, that goes something like this. If you start out with $100,000 dollars and lose half of it, what percentage do you need to achieve the next year to replace the loss?

50%, 75%, 100%...

Of course it’s 100%. If your funds go down to $50,000 from $100,000, you have to double your $50,000 to get back to where you were. That’s why it’s so hard to recoup money when you lose it.

This concept works along the same lines in global dynamics. The advances, the political capital, the geopolitical footing we attained during and since WWII, was what I would term our peak power.

How much of that power has been squandered or burnt off during the last six years? Half of it?

If so, we will have to earn 100% more credibility than we have now. That is going to be next to impossible to achieve, considering this administration’s track record, and global perceptions regarding the reliability of the United States now and the implications for the future.

Obama has worked his magic. I’m not convinced the U. S. ever returns to it’s pre-Obama status. The most costly aspects, our national debt and a significant portion of our Navy and overall military capacity that has evaporated since January of 2009.


10 posted on 07/19/2014 11:22:22 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Think how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

11 posted on 07/19/2014 11:23:44 AM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: Diogenesis

The House could essentially be recessed for all the service to the nation it is providing.

I would have to study if the Senate could act unilaterally absent a functioning House.

Since both bodies must pass something before it can be signed into law (at least my perception), could anything be passed with a Congress at recess?

Obama could rule by executive order, but he’s already doing this and Congress is allowing full funding no matter what. So why even have the House in session?


12 posted on 07/19/2014 11:26:09 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Think how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: Baynative

Oh I get it. The Nobel committee was mistakenly in-serviced to think it was a “Nobel Appease Prize.”


13 posted on 07/19/2014 11:28:02 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Think how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are stupider than that.)
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To: piytar

It’s October, 1929!


14 posted on 07/19/2014 11:29:11 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Diogenesis
Some day, historians will count how many
millions were killed, infected, and betrayed
by Obama-the-Undocumented from Indonesia
and his complicit, EXEMPT Congress.
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Yes, and to think all of this was so unnecessary. There are a whole lot of traitors among us who have given aid and comfort to the enemy and facilitated the unabated destruction of a once great and respected world power.
15 posted on 07/19/2014 11:32:27 AM PDT by iontheball
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16 posted on 07/19/2014 11:35:18 AM PDT by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: laplata

> You’re right. We haven’t seen anything yet.

I believe the weaponry that’s been cloaked in secrecy in underground laboratories hidden from the public will soon be revealed and some people are going to be shocked at what they’ve been working on. Probably terrified. It’s not going to be pretty.


17 posted on 07/19/2014 11:39:58 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: Clintonfatigued

Hitler planned to enthrone himself in front of the Victory Column in the Welthauptstadt Germania (the new “World Capital”) upon winning World War II. The fact that Obama and his puppet masters chose that exact spot for his Berlin speech was quite offensive to educated Germans.


18 posted on 07/19/2014 11:41:23 AM PDT by 05 Mustang GT Rocks
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To: Clintonfatigued

“The summer of 2014 will go down in history as the season when America fell apart.”

These events describe the world crumbling; as far as America falling apart, I would point to Obama’s re-election as the best indication of that. He was no longer some token with a funny name who put on the trappings of an American to win the White House; he was openly communist, and his re-election showed more clearly than anything else in our history that two large segments of this country have nothing at all in common. Worse, one of them is reliant on the other for income; workfare and welfare recipients will always vote against those who fund their existence, and when they will they will always push for more funding.


19 posted on 07/19/2014 11:41:44 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic warfare against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Clintonfatigued
It’s 1979 all over again.

I hope not. In 1979 I was deployed in the Med playing 'Hide & Seek' with Moskva, a Krivak, and two Soviet subs.

I'm too old for that.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

20 posted on 07/19/2014 11:50:33 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: 05 Mustang GT Rocks; flaglady47; pax_et_bonum; seekthetruth; Maine Mariner; mickie; seenenuf
Re: Obama choosing to stand in front of the historical Victory Column for his Berlin speech, offending educated Germans......

Wouldn't it be fun to see him strung up on one of those fake Greek columns he borrowed from one of Jane Fonda's old movie sets.......phony columns which flanked the outdoor stage when he made his acceptance speech in Chicago's Grant Park, 2008?

I'd pay a fortune to see that!

Leni

21 posted on 07/19/2014 11:52:53 AM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: MinuteGal

Pray for a Pinochet.


22 posted on 07/19/2014 12:15:54 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

Instead, we get Pinocchio.


23 posted on 07/19/2014 12:20:45 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: MinuteGal

Actually, the fake columns idea came after his homage in Berlin to the altar of Zeus from Pergamos, which is referred to in the Book of Revelation as the throne of Satan. After the NY Post broke the story, the obamunistas started backpedaling really fast, it was just a hybrid of the WH portico and the Congress, blah, blah, blah...


24 posted on 07/19/2014 12:21:08 PM PDT by 05 Mustang GT Rocks
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To: Clintonfatigued
Good article. I read it and thought, "Will we make it to January, 2017?"

Pray for America and prepare.


25 posted on 07/19/2014 12:38:11 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Art in Idaho

This can end on November 4, 2014...if only the American people will vote to politically destroy the entire “traitor” Democrat Party during the mid-term elections. It is as simple as that. Get the word out......because now is the time for all good men & women to come the aid of freedom, liberty, equality, opportunity and our great country!!! If only we would herald this message every day on every blog, on every TV station, in every newspaper, etc.!!! Our country needs saving, right now!!! Will you do your part...or will you sit back, rant about your pet gripe, or do something meaningful for our country, now and forever!!! Obama must go politically!!! He is a dedicated, sworn enemy of the United States of America!!!


26 posted on 07/19/2014 1:54:17 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX

We don’t need just to destroy the Dems but the RINOs, too.


27 posted on 07/19/2014 2:30:39 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: 05 Mustang GT Rocks

Yes. It was no coincidence.


28 posted on 07/19/2014 3:05:06 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: DuncanWaring

LOL. You got it.


29 posted on 07/19/2014 3:08:56 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: Art in Idaho

Voting would go some way towards correcting that.


30 posted on 07/19/2014 3:27:30 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (The War on Drugs is Big Government statism)
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To: Clintonfatigued

VDH nails it again.


31 posted on 07/19/2014 3:38:24 PM PDT by Eagles6 (Valley Forge Redux. If not now, when? If not here, where?)
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To: ExCTCitizen

With you 100%....RINOS....just as bad as Dems, if not worse, for they are, but, wolves in sheep’s clothing!!!


32 posted on 07/19/2014 6:15:00 PM PDT by JLAGRAYFOX ( My only objective is to defeat and destroy Obama & his Democrat Party, politically!!!.)
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To: JLAGRAYFOX
Amen to what you said!
33 posted on 07/20/2014 12:23:42 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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To: Clintonfatigued
Voting would go some way towards correcting that.

Agree with that. Remember on November 4, 2014 people!! A 'voting revolution' is in the works!!

34 posted on 07/20/2014 12:25:51 PM PDT by Art in Idaho (Conservatism is the only Hope for Western Civilization.)
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